Cox employees give 600 gifts to Valley kids

PHOENIX (FOX 10) - This day of giving has become as much of a holiday tradition for the Cox employees and students at Capitol Elementary School.

"I got a little monkey and it goes to sleep when I turn it like this," one little girl said. "It's so cool, I wanted this for Christmas."

Christmas wishes came true a few weeks early for 600 students at the elementary school.

"I got a Barbie thing to build things," another girl said.

"Mrs. Claus and Santa Claus found this school 23 years ago and just started with a hand full of employees," Andrea Katsenes said. "Now, it's built to the whole company effort here in Phoenix."

Employees at Cox Communications spend the weeks before the big day shopping and wrapping. The smiles on the children's faces is their gift this holiday season.

Principal Dirk Olmstead shares in the joy, as this is his first year running the school.

"For me, this is the first time that I am able to see all of this and it's really great to see the looks on all the kids' faces 'cause not all of them get the presents that they are looking for," he said.

There are pictures with Santa and memories are made.

"A lot of these kids, this is the only gift that they are, so we hear that from their parents," Katsenes said.

The parents are so grateful and every year they make the Cox employees breakfast.